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Students have three snow days left in school calendar

By Rebecca Herman
Since November 1, 2014 Johnson County had not had a substantial snowfall for the winter season. However, in the past two weeks, two large snow systems have come through the area and have greatly impacted the day-to-day life of many East Tennesseans, especially those who attend or work for a school system. Johnson County schools were no exception to these storms and have not been in session for the past two weeks. As of Friday, February 27 the schools have used 15 of their 18 snow days.
Once the forecast mentions inclement weather, one Johnson County man has to prepare for an early morning and big decisions. Barry Bishop, Johnson County Schools Transportation Supervisor, will begin his day between 3:30-4:00 am and will head to the bus routes that are known to have the worst roads when covered in snow. He begins in Forge Creek and works his way to Shady Valley and determines whether the roads are safe enough for the 29 buses that are to run in a few hours on a regular schedule or two-hour delay or if school needs to be canceled completely. Once he is done checking the roads, he calls Dr. Mischelle Simcox and gives her his recommendation for the day and they make a decision.
“We take everyone’s safety into consideration…we try to ere on safety,” said Bishop. Bishop also said that he understands how difficult snow days can be because parents have to find last minute caregivers for their children, but that he wants all students and faculty to be able to arrive at their destinations safely, and sometimes the roads and conditions are just not favorable.
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